<![CDATA[NBC 7 San Diego - Top Stories]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/top-stories http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/KNSD+RSS+Feed+logo+blue.png NBC 7 San Diego http://www.nbcsandiego.comen-usSat, 21 Jan 2017 03:00:00 -0800Sat, 21 Jan 2017 03:00:00 -0800NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[2nd Storm: Powerful Rain, Wild Winds]]> Fri, 20 Jan 2017 23:09:06 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Rain-San-Diego-0120-2.jpg

Heavy rain pummeled San Diego County Friday as the second storm in a series hit hard, bringing with it thunderstorm and flash flood warnings.

NBC 7 meteorologist Jodi Kodesh said San Diegans would continue to give those umbrellas a workout Friday with that second storm system sweeping the county. Heavy rain first hit in the early hours -- and was expected to last all day, intensifying as the day unfolds. This rainfall comes on the heels of Thursday's storm, the first in the series expected to last through Monday and perhaps linger into Tuesday.

Kodesh said Friday's showers would move quickly.

“It’s a very powerful storm. We are going to see wild wind blow into our county today,” she explained. “Even our beaches are under a high wind warning. We could see wind gusts up to 60 mph at the coast; that is definitely enough to topple a tree.”

Temperatures will be cold, for San Diego, with a high of 59 degrees. Kodesh said the most intense rainfall will come down between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Friday. Scattered showers will linger through Friday evening.

The weekend will be wet as well, with a chance of showers Saturday morning and again after 10 p.m. On Sunday and into Monday, the third storm system in this series will arrive. The storm on Monday should be the wettest of all, Kodesh said. Check NBC 7’s forecast here.

Meanwhile, the National Weather Service (NWS) said the storms have activated multiple weather warnings around San Diego County including a high surf warning in effect through 10 p.m. Tuesday.

The NWS expects high surf to increase Friday to 10 to 16-foot surf. By Sunday, the high surf should subside to 4 to 8 feet. Monday, surf will be between 9 and 12 feet at local beaches, slowly lowering into Tuesday. The highest tide – 4.6 feet – will be Saturday at 4:35 a.m. in La Jolla, according to the NWS.

The high surf will bring with it potential for strong rip currents, coastal erosion and coastal flooding. Piers may also be flooded by the high surf. Often times, in storms and winter weather events, the Ocean Beach Pier is closed to the public as a precaution. Officials discourage people from swimming in our oceans during high surf warnings.

The NWS said a high wind warning is in effect through 10 p.m. Saturday. The strongest winds are expected Friday and Friday night. The winds will gradually decrease Saturday but strong gusts are expected to strike again Sunday.

The NWS has also issued a winter storm warning for Julian and Pine Valley, effective until 6 a.m. Saturday. Above 6,000 feet, those areas should see between 12 and 18 inches of snow; at 5,000 to 5,500 feet, 3 to 7 inches of snow are expected.

Mount Laguna saw snow Friday and looked like a winter wonderland:

A flash flood warning was also in effect for San Diego County’s coastal areas, valleys, mountains and inland areas through at least 9 p.m. This includes the following communities: Oceanside; Vista; Carlsbad; Encinitas; Chula Vista; National City; San Diego; Escondido; El Cajon; San Marcos; La Mesa; Santee; Poway.

Residents in one Lakeside neighborhood, which lacks proper drainage, experienced flooding Thursday night and Friday morning:

Due to the strong winds, the NWS also issued an aviation weather warning for the San Diego International Airport. Gusts of 40 knots or greater are expected from noon to 4 p.m. There’s also a slight risk of thunderstorms during the same time frame, with risk of large hail and lightning.

In light of possible flooding, several locations across San Diego County's districts are offering free sandbags to residents.

Also, the San Diego Housing Commission, in partnership with the City of San Diego, has activated its Inclement Weather Shelter Program for downtown San Diego’s homeless at Father Joe’s Villages and Connections Housing Downtown. The program provides shelter to the homeless during severe weather conditions.

To that end, Father Joe’s Villages Shelter on Imperial Avenue, which can house up to 250 people, will be open to the homeless starting at 4 p.m. Friday. The homeless can also check into PATH San Diego/Connections Housing Downtown, which can house 30 people, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Impact of Friday's Storm

Due to Friday's severe weather, SeaWorld San Diego said the amusement park will be closed. The park plans to reopen Saturday.

Legoland California Resort in Carlsbad announced it would close early Friday, at 12:30 p.m., due to the weather.

There were also reports of fallen trees, including a large tree that toppled on at the UC San Diego campus, damaging some cars, and a tree that fell and blocked roadways in Scripps Ranch, at Canyon Lake and Aviary drives.

The San Diego County Sheriff's Department (SDSO) confirmed a tree had fallen in the 2000 block of Riviera Drive in Vista and it was blocking some lanes. Some wires were down as well, officials said.

A tree also fell on 5th Avenue in Chula Vista on at least four Chula Vista Middle School students. Some of those students were taken to a local hospital.

In Poway, a tree fell and blocked Valle Verde northbound at Starmount (Vineland Hill/Lomas Verdes Estates). Another tree toppled on Twin Peaks eastbound, between Midland and Budwin Lane. Public Works crews were clearing those scenes, but City of Poway officials advised motorists to use caution in these areas and expect traffic delays.

At 2:30 p.m., a tree fell in the 700 block of Broadway in Chula Vista, hitting a car. There was one person inside the car at the time; that person was able to get out. The downed tree was blocking lanes, police said.

Over on Plaza Boulevard in National City, crews spent hours fixing a power pole that fell after the anchors gave out during the storm. Officials said residents in the area, along with some businesses, were left without power while crews repaired the downed pole. Some businesses shut their doors for the day.

In Encinitas -- at Encinitas Boulevard and Willowspring -- a power pole toppled and on the 1800 block of Tennis Place, a downed Eucalyptus tree nearly sliced a home in half.

In Oceanside, CHP officials said there was flooding in two lanes along Gopher Canyon and Little Canyon at around 12:30 p.m. Officials said there was lots of water in the roadway; motorists were advised to avoid the area.

In Carlsbad, firefighters, lifeguards rushed to Buena Vista Creek for a search and rescue mission after witnesses reported a man in the water. The U.S. Coast Guard sent a helicopter to aid in the search. After a few hours, officials said they couldn't find anyone in the creek and the search was called off.

At approximately 3:20 p.m., the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department (SDFD) was attempting a water rescue on University Avenue and Alamo Drive where several people were trapped inside multiple vehicles.

In Coronado, a tree was uprooted near several homes on the 1400 block of Leyte Road. A Eucalyptus tree at Pioneer Park in Mission Hills was also uprooted from the heavy winds. In the same area, on Hickory and Trias streets, a Palm tree landed on a Toyota Carolla parked across the street.

In Rolando, a few cars were caught in the floodwaters on University Avenue and Aragon Drive. The Swift Water Rescue Teams pulled two people and a dog to safety from the water.

In Sorrento Valley, three people were rescued from their vehicles after the engines stalled in the water rushing down the street.

NBC 7 viewer Grace Yayco sent us a video of flooding on the Interstate 8 at Fletcher Parkway.

Parkway Plaza in El Cajon closed down Friday evening due to a power outtage.

San Diego Fire advised that after 7 p.m., all street crossings across Mission Valley, east of Mission Gorge Road would be closed due to flooding.

Dozens of power outages were reported across the county on San Diego Gas & Electric's (SDG&E) website. One of the larger outages was reported around 11 a.m. and impacted about 3,000 customers in parts of the following communities: Sorrento; Mira Mesa; Scripps Ranch; MCAS-Miramar; Scripps Ranch; Lake Murray; Mission Gorge; Sycamore Canyon.

According to an SDG&E spokesperson, at the height of the storm, an estimated 35,000 customers were out of power across the county. As of 10:30 p.m., 18,000 people still did not have power.

Make sure to download NBC 7’s free news app. Weather alerts, like flood advisories warnings are issued through the app. There is also a local, interactive radar.



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<![CDATA[San Diegans Gather to Protest Trump's Inauguration]]> Fri, 20 Jan 2017 19:34:21 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Trump+SD+protest.jpg

About 100 people gathered in the rain at San Diego City College to protest the inauguration of President Donald Trump on Friday.

They joined protests nationwide, including demonstrations in Washington D.C. that turned violent, surrounding Trump taking office.

From City College, protesters planned to then march to the Federal Building in downtown San Diego. Later, they planned to head to Chicano Park in Barrio Logan for more protests.

Another demonstration was slated for the afternoon at Balboa Park.

Protesters carried signs that read “Worst president ever” among other anti-Trump sentiments. One woman carried a Trump piñata.

Here’s a look at the scene from NBC 7 reporter Steve Luke:

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<![CDATA[Winter Storms Bring Heavy Rain to San Diego]]> Fri, 20 Jan 2017 23:00:17 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/160*213/01-20-17+Tree+slices+home.jpg A series of three strong winter storms are sweeping San Diego County. Here's a look at the wet weather.]]> <![CDATA[Compare the Crowds: Obama and Trump Inaugurations]]> Fri, 20 Jan 2017 14:41:45 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/182*120/inaug-aerial-th.jpg

President Donald Trump promised an “unbelievable, perhaps record-setting turnout” for his inauguration, but it appears he fell short of a record.

Photos taken from the same vantage point at roughly the same time during the inaugurations of Trump and Barack Obama show far fewer people on the National Mall on Friday, Jan. 20, 2017. Subway ridership figures released Friday also show a drop between 2009 and 2017.

Various groups involved with the planning of Friday’s ceremonies — the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Activities, the D.C. Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management and the U.S. Armed Forces Joint Task Force-National Capital Region — predicted 700,000 to 900,000 would attend Trump’s swearing-in and parade.

His predecessor drew what was originally estimated to be a record 1.8 million people to the National Mall for his inauguration in 2009. That estimate was provided by Washington D.C. officials, though The Washington Post later questioned whether it was too high.

On Friday, ridership numbers from the Washington D.C. Metro showed a drop from the 2009 inaugural. As of 11 a.m. on Friday, it recorded 193,000 rides, compared to 513,000 at that time in 2009.

Meanwhile, an expert told The New York Times the crowd on the National Mall on Friday was about one-third the size of the crowd for Obama in 2009. 

The Joint Congressional Committee for Inaugural Ceremonies distributed about 250,000 tickets for Trump’s inauguration on Friday, 1,600 on platforms and 1,000 on bleachers, which it said was on par for previous ceremonies. But most people attending the festival watch from elsewhere.



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<![CDATA[Tracking the Storms: NBC 7's Rain Radar]]> Fri, 20 Jan 2017 06:21:47 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Rain-Radar-KNSD-0120.jpg
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<![CDATA[Comfort Food for Rainy Days]]> Fri, 20 Jan 2017 17:28:23 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/generic+hot+soup.jpg

The rain clouds above Saffron Thai Restaurant have a direct impact on the menu.

The Mission Hills restaurant has been making a Rainy Day Chicken Soup for more than 30 years but they only serve it during weather like Friday's.

"If it doesn't rain in San Diego we don't have the soup," said restaurant manager Marynnes Contreras.

The restaurant chefs decide first thing in the morning if the $3 cup of soup will be on the menu.  They will go months without making it but lately it's been a popular choice.  Eva Lu had never tried the soup until Friday.

"I looked at the menu, at the very bottom and thought, why not get it?" said Lu.

The soup starts with a homemade chicken broth and includes pieces of chicken, ginger, star anise, carrots and greens.  They try to make enough for everyone to order but sometimes they run out.

The restaurant's Thai founder Su Mei Yu got the recipe handed down from her Chinese mother. She has added her own touches since opening the restaurant in 1985.

Su Mei believes soups like this are good for your health. But remember, this soup is only on the menu when the clouds agree.

"So we make it every day when it rains," said Marynnes Contreras, "only when it rains."

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<![CDATA[Italy Bus Crash Kills 16 People Returning From School Trip]]> Sat, 21 Jan 2017 01:07:30 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/AP17021296752918_opt.jpg

Sixteen people were killed when a bus crashed and caught fire in Italy while carrying Hungarian teenagers home from a school trip, authorities said Saturday.

Police commander Geralomo Lacquanita said the bus crashed and burst into flames just before midnight on the A4 highway near Verona as it returned from France, NBC News reported.

The bus was returning to Budapest with boys aged 15 to 17 along with parents and teachers.

Police say 16 badly burned bodies have been pulled from the wreckage.



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<![CDATA[California Responds to Trump's Inauguration]]> Fri, 20 Jan 2017 23:04:06 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/218*120/AP_17020666423323.jpg

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<![CDATA[2nd Storm: A Look at Impacted Areas of San Diego]]> Fri, 20 Jan 2017 23:09:43 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/01-20-17+Rolando+Flooding+on+University+Avenue.jpg

Friday's storm caused flooding across the San Diego County. Here's a look at the impacted areas, as reported by authorities as of 11 p.m. Friday:

 

  • In Oceanside, California Highway Patrol (CHP) issued an advisory to motorists to avoid the area after flooding in two lanes along Gopher Canyon and Little Canyon 
  • Several people were trapped inside their vehicles on University Avenue and Alamo Drive
  • Two people and a dog were pulled to safety after a swift water rescue in Rolando, where cars were stalled in floodwaters on University Avenue and Aragon Drive
  • In Sorrento Valley, three people were rescued from their vehicles after their vehicles were tapped in water
  • An NBC 7 viewer sent us a video of her driving through floodwaters on the Interstate 8 at Fletcher Parkway
  • 1st Street and A Avenue in Coronado was also flooded during the rains
  • San Diego Fire closed off all street crossings in Mission Valley, east of Mission Gorge Road due to flooding as of 7 p.m. Friday
Heavy rain and gusty winds also knocked out power across the county, downing trees and power poles. 
To stay up to date on the latest weather alerts, including flood advisories and warnings, make sure to download NBC 7’s free news app. There is also a local, interactive radar.



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<![CDATA[Tutu Marathon Runner Has Died After Battle With Brain Cancer]]> Fri, 20 Jan 2017 21:46:48 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Monika+Allen+Tutu+Runner.JPG

A San Diego woman who ran more than 20 marathons and was known for running in a tutu has died.

Monika Allen, 38, a Golden Hills resident, died Friday after a battle with brain cancer. She leaves behind a baby girl and a husband.

NBC 7 first spoke with Allen in 2014 after she was featured in SELF magazine.

At the time, Allen told us, the magazine had published a photo of her dressed as Wonder Woman and wearing a tutu while running the LA marathon. It was featured in the section called "The BS Meter" which snubbed outfit choices of women in races.

But the magazine has not been aware that Allen was running her first marathon after chemotherapy.

She had told NBC 7 she had made the tutu herself and it gave her motivation to run the marathon.

Allen sold tutus through her company Glam Runners to help young girls and individuals battling cancer.

Following the incident, Allen received dozens of messages of support.

The magazine apologized to Allen for the photo.


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<![CDATA[American Red Cross Closes Evacuation Shelter in Chula Vista]]> Fri, 20 Jan 2017 22:43:31 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/02-20-17+Chula+Vista+Tree+on+Home.jpg

Heavy rainfall and powerful winds toppled trees and caused flooding across San Diego County Friday.

At least 10 homes in Chula Vista were damaged due to fallen trees, according to the San Diego American Red Cross. 

An evacuation shelter was opened in Chula Vista for anyone who in need of assistance. 

Just after 10 p.m., Friday, the shelter, located at the Parkway Community Center on 373 Park Way was closed down.

Anyone dealing with damage to homes or busineses due to the storm is asked to contact the County Office of Emergency Services online

To stay up to date on the latest weather alerts, including flood advisories and warnings, make sure to download NBC 7’s free news app. There is also a local, interactive radar.



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<![CDATA[Best Moments of the Presidential Inaugural Balls ]]> Fri, 20 Jan 2017 20:19:20 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-632249496.jpg See some of the best moments at the presidential inaugural balls held in honor of Donald Trump, the 45th President of the United States.

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<![CDATA[Students, Supporters Share Experience from Inauguration Day]]> Fri, 20 Jan 2017 23:05:39 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-632207622.jpg

During his inaugural address on Friday, President Trump made a call for the country to come together.

“I'm ready to unite behind him and get ready to see where he's going to take us,” said 27-year-old Clare Michal.

She was one of dozens of San Diegans celebrating at an inauguration watch party. Hers was a sentiment echoed amongst many of Mr. Trump’s supporters.

Still, some San Diegans that actually made the trip out East saw something different.

Students from La Jolla Country Day told me they heard boos by Trump supporters during speeches by Democrats.

“I think with unity, people just perceive it differently and it doesn't actually mean a coming together,” said senior Remy Reya. “It means a kind of faction, right? And these factions go against each other. So in a way, the word unity almost divides us.”

The students told NBC 7, they realized things could be different. That was a lesson they learned after meeting with Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. They say she got emotional when reflecting on the late Justice Antonin Scalia, a man often on the opposite end of her decisions.

“We have one of the most intelligent women in the world telling us it doesn't have to be that way. You can be colleagues and friends,” said senior Landon Nutt. “That's ultimately the most effective way to run a democracy.”



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<![CDATA[Life Sentence for Man in 2008 Lakeside Killing]]> Fri, 20 Jan 2017 11:24:14 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/jail_generic_bars.jpg

A man convicted of murder in the 2008 shooting death of a man outside a tavern in Lakeside will spend the rest of his life behind bars.

Destin Lee Withers, 40, was sentenced to life in prison Friday for the Feb. 11, 2008, murder of Mark "Randy" Vogler.

On that day nearly nine years ago, Vogler was shot to death as he walked near a tavern on Woodside Avenue. For many years, his murder case remained unsolved.

On Aug. 28, 2014, officials reported a major break in the local cold case: Withers and another man, Brian Baldino, now 32 years old, had each been charged with one count of first-degree murder in the killing of Vogler.

Officials with the Sheriff’s Cold Case Homicide Team and other agencies said both men were already in custody on unrelated cases when they were charged with first-degree murder in this case.

NBC 7 spoke with Withers' attorney, Barton Sheela, Friday who said Withers had no statement at this time.

Baldino is set to appear in court on Feb. 3. 



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<![CDATA[Could Trump Shut Down an Investigation if He Wanted?]]> Fri, 20 Jan 2017 16:27:07 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/AP_17013713721598-Trump-head.jpg

The FBI is conducting a counterintelligence investigation into Russia's efforts to manipulate public opinion in the United States presidential election, examining how the operation was paid for and whether any Americans were involved, current and former U.S. officials told NBC News.

Former intelligence officials told NBC News that President Donald Trump would technically have the authority to order an end to the investigation — which the CIA, NSA and Treasury Department are also participating in — given that the intelligence agencies report directly to him.

Officials have not said whether the investigation has unearthed any evidence of wrongdoing by Trump aides or any other Americans. Trump spokesman Sean Spicer said on the "Today" show that the president would let the investigation go wherever it leads. And it would be politically disastrous for Trump to end the probe, the former intelligence officials said.

"I remember the last president who ordered a stop to an investigation and it cost him his presidency," said Raymond Batvinis, a former FBI counter intelligence agent who teaches national security at George Washington University, speaking of Richard Nixon and Watergate.



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<![CDATA[RAW: Limo Engulfed in Flames Near Inauguration Parade]]> Fri, 20 Jan 2017 13:52:16 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000017480688_1200x675_859360836000.jpg A limousine at 13th and K streets NW became engulfed in flames as demonstrators protested in the area near President Trump's inauguration parade.]]> <![CDATA[Tree Falls on 4 Students in Chula Vista]]> Fri, 20 Jan 2017 19:03:14 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/chula+vista+middle+school+tree+fall+0120.jpg

Several students were taken to the hospital Friday after a tree fell on them at Chula Vista Middle School, police confirmed.

The Chula Vista Police Department (CVPD) said the tree toppled at 415 5th Ave. at around 1:30 p.m. Four students suffered minor injuries but are expected to be alright, police said.

The tree was on school grounds; no further details about the incident were immediately released. Firefighters were wrapping up and clearing the scene by 2:15 p.m.

This incident is the latest in a string of fallen trees and other damage caused by Friday's powerful storm -- the second in a series of three winter storms pummeling San Diego County this weekend.

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<![CDATA[Emergency Crews Search for Man in Buena Vista Creek]]> Fri, 20 Jan 2017 17:08:10 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Buena-Vista-Creek-Rescue-1.jpg

Amid strong winds and downpour, firefighters, lifeguards and U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) officials launched a search Friday at Buena Vista Creek in Carlsbad for a man that a witness reported seeing in the water.

Crews from several North County agencies – including the Oceanside, Vista and Carlsbad fire departments and Oceanside Lifeguards – rushed to Buena Vista Creek around 12:15 p.m. for the search and possible swift water rescue.

The U.S. Coast Guard launched a helicopter around 2 p.m to the scene to assist ground crews in the search.

Witnesses told officials that they saw a man in the creek and then, suddenly, he was gone. Witnesses believed the man was still in the water, so they called authorities for help.

Crews began scouring the water in search of the possible victim but were unable to locate him, even with the help of infra-red cameras. 

The USCG helicopter planned to conduct an aerial search during a half-hour window when the weather was expected to let up a little bit. But due to inclement weather, the chopper was unable to locate anyone.

The operation came in the middle of Friday's powerful winter storm -- the second in a series of three storms pummeling San Diego County this weekend.

A battalion chief with the Oceanside Fire Department said crews were doing everything they could to find the man reportedly seen in the water including walking up and down creek and creating a perimeter around the water.

As of 2:20 p.m., there was still no sign of the man. USCG officials were unable to find him in their aerial search, so the operation was called off. 

With the heavy, cold rain and wind, the battalion chief said the search conditions were miserable – the worst crews could endure during a rescue effort. The creek was also littered with debris from the storm.



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<![CDATA[Protests Worldwide as Trump Takes Office]]> Fri, 20 Jan 2017 14:14:49 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Berlin_Germany.jpg Protests broke out in countries around the world as Donald Trump became the 45th President of the United States on Jan. 20, 2017.

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<![CDATA[Protesters to Unite in San Diego for Women's March]]> Fri, 20 Jan 2017 12:34:21 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/women+march+rights+inauguration+0119.jpg

Tens of thousands across the country will march in solidarity with the Women's March on Washington on Saturday, including thousands in San Diego.

"People who are privileged need to speak up for those who aren't," said volunteer Wendy Wheatcroft, as she made signs ahead of the local marches planned for Saturday.

Wheatcroft and dozens others spent Thursday afternoon making signs at the Planned Parenthood in Mission Valley.

“We're part of a huge group of people marching for the protection of women's rights," said march organizer, Sarah Shaftel. “It's a beautiful thing."

The timing is purposeful too. This march is the day after inauguration of President Donald Trump.

"We're all kind of burned out on politics. but the reality is the reality. And we have a new administration," said Peter Bolland.

He was the lone male at Thursday's gathering. Bolland’s day job is college professor and this will be his first time participating in a march of any kind.

"We feel like the real America isn't being represented right now," he said, sharing the reason for his participation.

Shaftel said she hopes Saturday's action sparks something bigger.

"What I hope comes of this is that people get ignited and start taking action. It is not time to sit back and watch and see. We have done that for too long and I think it was a mistake," she said.

The organizers have been working closely with the San Diego Police Department and both sides expect a peaceful day.

The police department will set up a command post and is prepared for changes based on weather during the weekend.

The two peaceful marches in San Diego Saturday are aimed to show unity with the Women’s March on Washington.

The San Diego Women’s March starts at 10 a.m. in front of Civic Center Plaza on Third Avenue in downtown San Diego. Marchers will make their way down Broadway to Harbor Drive, ending in front of the County Administration Building.

“We stand firm in agreement that women's rights are human rights,” organizers of that march said in a press release. “Make your voice heard.”

In San Diego’s North County, a group will gather for the “Sister March” at 11 a.m. at the San Marcos Civic Center. At noon, marchers will make their way to Palomar Community College. A rally will follow with speakers, music, art and food trucks.

“We stand together in solidarity with our family, friends, and community for the protection of our rights, our safety, our health, recognizing that our vibrant and diverse communities are what makes our democracy great,” organizers of the Sister March said in a press release. “We march here in North County to show solidarity with the March on Washington and our sister marches happening all over the country.”



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<![CDATA[WhiteHouse.gov Switches Hands, Gets Trump Refresh]]> Fri, 20 Jan 2017 17:45:54 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-632199332.jpg

Many of the pages on the White House's website were taken down Friday, shortly after Donald Trump's inauguration as president, including pages on LGBTQ rights, climate change and the Affordable Care Act.

However, those pages are still accessible online. Anything that was at WhiteHouse.gov under the Obama administration has been moved to ObamaWhiteHouse.gov. The plan to do so was announced earlier in the week.

Everything on the archived version of the Obama White House page is marked as "historical material" that's "frozen in time."

The new version of WhiteHouse.gov lists Trump and Mike Pence as president and vice president, and made no mention of LGBT or climate change Friday afternoon. A new page calling for an "America first energy plan," however, was live.

"For too long, we’ve been held back by burdensome regulations on our energy industry. President Trump is committed to eliminating harmful and unnecessary policies such as the Climate Action Plan and the Waters of the U.S. rule," the new page reads

The Department of Labor's page on advancing LGBTQ rights in the work place appears to have been scrubbed from the department's website. The many pages that were once devoted to explaining and helping Americans sign up for the Affordable Care Act appear to have taken down. 

Meanwhile, the first online petition of Trump's presidency appeared on whitehouse.gov shortly after his inauguration. 

The petition calls for the White House to "Immediately release Donald Trump's full tax returns, with all information needed to verify emoluments clause compliance." 

It had received more than 2,000 signatures hours after the inauguration. 

NBC has reached out for comment to President Trump's team. 



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<![CDATA[#MAGA: Twitter Reacts to Donald Trump's Inauguration]]> Fri, 20 Jan 2017 12:24:01 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-632201972.jpg

A mix of emotions streamed down Twitter timelines as President Donald J. Trump was sworn in Friday. 

“We are transferring power from Washington, D.C., and giving it back to you the people," Trump said in his inaugural address. 

"This American carnage ends right here and ends right now."

Trump was sworn in by U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts with his hand on two Bibles: his own and one used by Abraham Lincoln in 1861. He campaigned on the #MAGA promise or on making America great again. 

"January 20th 2017, will be remembered as the day the people became the rulers of this nation again," Trump tweeted following the inauguration ceremony.

Social reaction to the inaugural pomp and circumstance was swift.

White supremacist David Duke tweeted, "Hail Prez Trump!" as protesters formed along Washington streets, later clashing with police. 

See social media reaction to the inauguration here: 



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<![CDATA[Ex-BP Agent Gets 2 Years in Prison for Sex Acts With Teen]]> Fri, 20 Jan 2017 11:02:35 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Daniel-Spear-Border-Patrol-Agent.jpg

A former U.S. Border Patrol agent convicted of giving his daughter’s teenage friend cocaine and committing sex acts on the minor in a San Diego hotel will spend the next two years behind bars.

Daniel Alfredo Spear was sentenced Friday to 24 months in prison. He may be eligible for parole after he serves his time, a court clerk confirmed.

Spear was found guilty last September on three counts in his sex acts case: digital penetration of a minor; oral copulation of a minor; employment of a minor to perform prohibited acts.

He committed the acts in October 2015 on a 17-year-old girl in a hotel room in Mission Bay. The victim was one of his daughter's friends. 

At Spear's pretrial hearing in March 2016, the teenager took the stand as the prosecution’s key witness.

She testified that Spear brought cocaine, money, lingerie and a camera to the Dana Inn hotel on Mission Bay. After giving the teen the drugs, Spear allegedly took photos of the minor while performing sex acts on her. The teen also said Spear touched her inappropriately when she spent the night at his house during the Fourth of July in 2015.

San Diego Police Department (SDPD) detectives found more than 10 photos of the victim on Spear’s phone. Several of those pictures showed the teen posing in lingerie.

In the March 2016 pretrial, Spear’s attorney said Spear and his wife had given money to the teenager to pay for food and rent, as the teen was allegedly having problems with her mother. The attorney also questioned the minor about her medical condition, fibromyalgia, which she acknowledged affects her memory.

Ultimately, a judge ruled there was enough evidence for Spear to stand trial. During the course of the investigation, the U.S. Border Patrol placed Spear on paid administrative leave, and also launched an internal investigation.



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<![CDATA[Lakeside Residents Brace for Possible Flooding]]> Fri, 20 Jan 2017 10:50:50 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Rain-San-Diego-0120-2.jpg

Friday’s powerful winter storm – a series of three striking San Diego over several days – caused flooding in one neighborhood in Lakeside and major stress for its residents.

Homeowners in the area of Lemon Crest Drive and Winter Gardens Boulevard surrounded their properties with sandbags. On Friday morning, county crews set up hoses to pump the water away from the homes and divert it elsewhere in case the street started to flood.

The neighborhood lacks proper drainage and this is a frustrating, scary issue for homeowners, including Ken Hughes.

“I feel helpless, and here’s why: the county’s known about this for 50+ years,” Hughes told NBC 7. “Water was coming into my yard and made it into my garage.”

Hughes moved into his home on Lemon Crest Drive last month. During a December storm, he experienced the flooding in his new neighborhood firsthand.

The county said there’s an $8 million flood control project in the works for that neighborhood, but residents said they need help now, not later, as major flooding happens in the area whenever it rains. The county said the project is currently in the design and environmental phase.

NBC 7 is tracking this series of storms. To get the latest weather updates from NBC 7, click here.



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<![CDATA[Inaugural Words: America, Country, People, Carnage]]> Fri, 20 Jan 2017 10:32:11 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/trump-inaug-speech-wordcloud.gif

America. Country. People. These were the most commonly used words by President Donald Trump in his inaugural address on Friday. 

Trump used either "America" or "American" 33 times in his speech, in which he spoke of the problems that have plagued the country in recent years, and promised to fix them. He said "country" 11 times and "people" 10 times. 

Those three words have been used in nearly every inaugural speech in the country's history, according to a database of the speeches compiled by the Washington Post. But Trump also had at least one unusual word choice: "Carnage." 

"But for too many of our citizens, a different reality exists: mothers and children trapped in poverty in our inner cities; rusted out factories scattered like tombstones across the landscape of our nation; an education system flush with cash, but which leaves our young and beautiful students deprived of all knowledge; and the crime and the gangs and the drugs that have stolen too many lives and robbed our country of so much unrealized potential," he said.

"This American carnage stops right here and stops right now," Trump added.

According to the Post, this was the first time "carnage" was used in an inaugural address.

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<![CDATA[Inauguration Mosaic: Social Posts from the National Mall]]> Fri, 20 Jan 2017 10:32:27 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/trump-mosaic.jpg

People from across the country gathered at the National Mall to watch the inauguration of Donald J. Trump, the 45th President of the United Stated. The above mosiac shows social posts from people watching the mosaic, overlaid on a photo of the crowd itself. Were you there tweeting? Use the 'Find Yourself' tool to find your post or click on the faces to see posts by others. 

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<![CDATA[Full Text: President Donald Trump's Inaugural Address]]> Fri, 20 Jan 2017 10:46:25 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-632195944.jpg

The full text of President Donald J. Trump's inaugural address, as delivered:

Chief Justice Roberts, President Carter, President Clinton, President Bush, President Obama, fellow Americans, and people of the world, thank you. We the citizens of America are now joined in a great national effort to rebuild our country and restore its promise for all of our people.

Together we will determine the course of America and the world for many, many years to come. We will face challenges, we will confront hardships. But we will ge the job done. Every four years we gather on these steps to carry out the orderly and peaceful transfer of power. And we are grateful to President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama for their gracious aid throughout this transition. They have been magnificent, thank you.

Today's ceremony, however, has very special meaning because today we are not merely transferring power from one administration to another, or from one party to another, but we are transferring power from Washington, D.C. and giving it back to you, the people.

For too long, a small group in our nation's capital has reaped the rewards of government while the people have born the cost. Washington flourished but the people did not share in its wealth. Politicians prospered, but the jobs left and the factories closed. The establishment protected itself, but not the citizens of our country. Their victories have not been your victories, their triumphs have not been your triumphs.

And while they celebrated in our nation's capital, there was little to celebrate for struggling families all across our land. That all changes starting right here, and right now. Because this moment is your moment it and it belongs to you. It belongs to everyone gathered here today and everyone watching all across America, this is your day, this is your celebration, and this-- the United States of America-- is your country.

And while they celebrated in our nation's capital, there was little to celebrate for struggling families all across our land. That all changes starting right here, and right now. Because this moment if your moment it and it belongs to you. It belongs to everyone gathered here today and everyone watching all across America, this is your day, this is your celebration, and this-- the United States of America-- is your country.

It belongs to everyone gathered here today. And everyone watching, all across America. This is your day. This is your celebration. And this, the United States of America, is your country.

What truly matters is not which party controls our government. But whether the government is controlled by the people.

January 20, 2017, will be remembered as the day the people became the rulers of this nation again.

The forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer.

Everyone is listening to you now. You came by tens of millions to become a part of a historic movement, the likes of which the world has never seen before.

At the center of this movement is a crucial conviction, that a nation exists to serve its citizens.

Americans want great schools for their children. Safe neighborhoods for their families. And good jobs for themselves. These are just and reasonable demands of righteous people and a righteous public. But for too many of our citizens this is not a reality that exists.

Mothers and children trapped in poverty in our inner cities. Rusted out factories scattered like tomb stones across the landscape of our nation. An education system flush with cash but which leaves young and beautiful students deprived of all knowledge. And the crime and the gangs and the drugs that have stolen too many lives and robbed our country of such much unrealized potential.

This American carnage stops right here and stops right now.

We are one nation, and their pain is our pain, their dreams are our dreams, and their success will be our success. We share one heart one home and one glorious destiny.

The oath I take today is an oath of allegiance to all Americans.

For many decades we've enriched foreign industry at the expense of American industry, subsidized the armies of other countries, while allowing for the very sad depletion of our military. We defended other nation's borders while refusing to defend our own and spent trillions and trillions of dollars overseas while America's infrastructure has fallen into disrepair and decay. We've made other countries rich while the wealth, strength and confidence our country has dissipated over the horizon.

One by one the factories shuttered and left our shores with not even a thought about the millions and millions of American workers that were left behind. The wealth of our middle class has been ripped from their homes and then redistributed all across the world, but that is past and now we are looking only to the future.

We assembled here today are issuing a new decree to be heard in every city in every foreign capital and in every hall of power. From this day forward a new vision will govern our land. From this day forward it's going to be only America first, America first.

Every decision on trade, on taxes, on immigration, on foreign affairs, will be made to benefit American workers and American families. We must protect our borders from the ravages of other countries making our products, stealing our companies, and destroying our jobs. Protection will lead to great prosperity and strength. I will fight for you with every breathe in my body and I will never ever let you down.

America will start winning again. Winning like never before.

We will bring back our jobs, we will bring back our borders, we will bring back our wealth, and we will bring back our dreams.

We will build new roads, and highways, and bridges, and airports, and tunnels, and railways, all across our wonderful nation. We will get our people off of welfare and back to work, rebuilding our country with American hands and American labor.

We will follow two simple rules - buy American, and hire American.

We will seek friendship and good will with the nations of the world, but we do so with the understanding that it is the right of all nations to put their interests first.

We do not seek to impose our way of life on anyone. But rather, to let it shine as an example. We will shine for everyone to follow. We will reinforce old alliances and form new ones. And unite the civilized world against Islamic terrorism, which we will eradicate completely from the face of the earth.

At the bedrock of our politics will be a total allegiance to the United States of America, and through our loyalty to our country we will rediscover our loyalty to each other.When you open your heart to patriotism,  there is no room for prejudice. .

The Bible tells us how good and pleasant it is when God's people live together in unity. We must speak our minds openly debate our disagreements honestly but always pursue solidarity. When America is united, America is totally unstoppable.

There should be no fear we are protected and we will always be protected. We will be protected by the great men and woman of our military and law enforcement. And most importantly we will be protected by God.

Finally, we must think big and dream even bigger. In America we understand the nation is only living as long as it is striving. We will no longer accept politicians who are all talk and no action. Constantly complaining but never doing anything about it.

The time for empty talk is over. Now arrives the hour for action. Do not allow anyone to tell you that it cannot be done. No challenge can match the heart and fight and spirit of America. We will not fail. Our country will thrive and prosper again. We stand at the birth of a new millennium ready to unlock the mysteries of space to free the earth from the miseries of disease and to harness the energies, industries, and technologies of tomorrow. A new national pride will stir our souls, lift our sights, and heal our divisions. It's time to remember that old wisdom, our soldiers will never forget, that whether we are black or brown or white, we all bleed the same red blood of patriots.

We all salute the same great American flag — and whether a child is born in the urban sprawl of Detroit or the wind swept planes of Nebraska, they look up at the same night sky, they fill their heart with the same dreams, and they are infused with the breathe of life by the same almighty creator.

So to all Americans in every city near and far, small and large, from mountain to mountain, from ocean to ocean, hear these words: You will never be ignored again. Your voice, your hopes, and your dreams will define our American destiny and your courage and goodness and love will forever guide us along the way.

Together, we will make America strong again. We will make America wealthy again. We will make America proud again. We will make America safe again, and yes, together, we will make America great again. Thank you. God bless you, and God bless America.



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<![CDATA[Inauguration Weekend in Photos ]]> Fri, 20 Jan 2017 14:19:19 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-632223148.jpg

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<![CDATA[Voices From Inauguration Weekend: Who Is Going to DC and Why]]> Fri, 20 Jan 2017 17:01:12 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/congress-prep.jpg

Donald Trump will be sworn in as the country's 45th president on Friday and thousands of his supporters from across the country will attend to witness the historic event. They hope his presidency will be the start of an American revival that will bring greater prosperity to the country.

The next day thousands of women, many dismayed by the president-elect's crude references to them and his embrace of policies they believe will hurt them and their families, will march in the capital. Many will wear pink hats with cat ears, in a reference to Trump's now famous statement that he could grab women "by the pussy."

Hear from some of those planning to attend.

Voices of men and women headed to D.C. for Trump's inauguration:

David J. Pelto Jr.

Pelto Jr., 35, will attend the inauguration with his two sons to witness history and what he called the return of "common sense" to the White House. For Pelto, who owns a truck and hauls oil, taxes are an enormous issue. At one point he owned several trucks until a drop in oil prices, and his business was further hurt by employment taxes he had to pay for drivers who worked for him, he said. "It costs on average 15 percent on top of an employee's wage," he said. "Depending on the state it can go much higher." Pelto, who lives in Arkansas, said that he hoped that entrepreneurs would benefit from the $1 trillion that President-elect Donald Trump has proposed spending on infrastructure. Pelto, who describes himself as fiscally conservative and socially liberal, also thinks the country should be less resistant to fracking. The increase in earthquakes in Oklahoma, which has been linked to wastewater disposal wells, do worry him, but he believes fracking is safe elsewhere. As far as green energy, "Why don't we allow what we have now to continue working for us while we grow slowly into green energy?"


Myke Shelby

Myke Shelby, the owner of the San Diego Harley-Davidson dealership, which has about 150 employees, is in Washington as part of the Bikers for Trump. He flew to Washington, but was with other bikers protecting Donald Trump supporters headed to the DeploraBall from protesters. The event was named after Hillary Clinton's "basket of deplorables" comment. "I'm a veteran. I fought for their right to protest. Don't get me wrong. This country was born in a revolutionary war," said Shelby, 72. "But they don't have the right to be violent and to threaten harm." For Shelby, regulations are a key issue — ones covering the environment and labor and those from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). "Regulations, they stifle business, but they catch us when we're not looking and we end up with big fines and big legal fees," he said. OSHA regulations might have made sense when the administration was created, but they no longer protect workers the way they were meant to, he said. "It's gotten to be an overbearing bureaucracy that forces us to do things that really don't make a lot of sense," he said. Shelby said he became a Trump supporter when he heard the President-elect talk about onerous regulations. "I said 'Hello,'" he said. "Hallelujah, somebody gets it because I don't think too many politicians ever understood that."


John Hikel

Hikel, 58, a former New Hampshire legislator and the longtime owner of an auto-repair business in Manchester, said he had supported Donald Trump since meeting him three months before the president-elect decided to run. "He had never been elected to an elected office before and he wasn't an attorney and that was my minimum," Hikel said. He said he wanted to see fewer regulations from the Environmental Protection Agency and the IRS, among agencies, particularly those governing clean air, which he said he thought were too stringent. "When Mr. Trump talked to me about trimming all of these agencies, I couldn't agree more," he said. Hikel said he was looking forward to a manufacturing revival under Trump, whom he viewed as a strong-willed leader. "More and more (customers) are coming into my shop not being able to spend $100 or $200 or $300 even to fix their vehicles," he said. "People are living paycheck to paycheck. I know they have for a long time but that's a problem that our government has handed down to us."


Erin Sullivan

Sullivan, 20, a junior at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, voted for the first time in November and she picked President-elect Donald Trump. The country needs a revival, and Trump's tax and immigration policies and his ideas for creating more jobs in America will help rebuild the country, Sullivan said. An example: his urging automobile manufacturers to build cars in the United States and not in Mexico or elsewhere, she said. "Trump is really focusing on the American dream, and looking at the people who worked really hard and sometimes don't necessarily have a voice," she said. As a young woman, she found his lewd comment about grabbing women to be disgusting, but thought everyone at some point was bound to say something stupid. In his favor, Trump hired women for spots in his campaign, among them SMU alumna Hope Hicks as his director of strategic communications, she said. Sullivan, who is from Wilton, Connecticut, will attend the inauguration with other students from SMU and will volunteer at the Texas State Society's Black Tie and Boots Ball.


Austin Yang

Yang, 14, a student at La Jolla Country Day School in La Jolla, California, will attend the inauguration with a group of schoolmates. "It's such an important event in our American government," he said. Too young to vote, Yang nonetheless had a preferred candidate, Donald Trump. "We thought that Trump would be better toward the Chinese," said Yang, whose mother was born in China. Trump instead threatened a trade war with China over the value of its currency. "The exact opposite of what we thought would happen," Yang said. "I'm not very happy with it but I guess we can only deal with it now since he's our president." Yang, who expects to study medicine, remains hopeful that Trump will moderate his views once he meets with Chinese officials.


Joseph Locke

Locke, 21, works in construction, attends Bridgewater State University in Massachusetts full time and will soon start classes at the Massachusetts state reserve police academy with the goal of joining a town police force. He believes that Trump will ensure the military is better prepared to defend the country and cut back spending to tackle the country's debt. "Seeing it from a businessman's perspective where you can see where you can make cuts and not have detriment to the country," he said. Locke ran a Trump campaign office in his hometown Easton, Massachusetts, where he organized volunteers making phone calls and as part of the Bridgewater State University's College Republicans, he reached out to college students. "He didn't seem just like a regular politician," he said of Trump. "I like that he actually says what he feels and what he thinks."


The day after Trump's inauguration, thousands of women are expected on the Mall for the Women's March on Washington. 

Voices of women headed to D.C. for the women's march:

Krista Suh

When Krista Suh, one of the originators of "The Pussyhat Project" steps out for the Women's March on Washington on Saturday, she will likely be surrounded by the handiwork of women from across the country: pink cat-eared hats, a rebuke to Donald Trump over his comment that he grabs women "by the pussy." Women from coast to coast knitted hats for themselves, friends and neighbors and sent them to Washington for other women to wear, even if they cannot be there. "But it’s about so much more than Trump using the word," Suh, 29, said. "It's about us reclaiming the word." She said that she had always been ambitious about the project, which she began with her friend Jayna Zweiman, but was taken aback by the feelings it sparked.

"I just wasn’t prepared for the emotional depth of this project — the notes that accompanied the hats have made me cry and the people who have reached out to me saying that this project has lifted them out of the grief and depression," she said. "That I didn't anticipate and that's been really humbling." Suh, a screenwriter who lives in Los Angeles, knew the minute she heard about the Women's March that she would attend and quickly thought about what sign could she hold up or what could she wear. "Honestly I was willing to strip naked for this," she said. But then she considered Washington's colder temperatures and settled on a hat — the cat ears to give it a distinctive silhouette. Her knitting teacher named it with her comment: "It's the pussy power hat."


Kica Matos

Matos, 50, plans join the Women’s March on Washington the day after Donald Trump’s inauguration to show her 11-year-old son what is possible in a democracy. A former deputy mayor in New Haven, Connecticut, she wants to impress on him that he should be an engaged citizen, that he can participate in peaceful protests and fight for what he believes in. Matos, the director of immigration at The Center for Community Change in Washington, D.C.,  said she feared that Trump's election would undermine advances made in racial justice, immigrant rights and women's rights. His campaign, with attacks on immigrants, Muslims and people of color, brought out the worst in many Americans, she said. Of her son, she said, "I want him to believe that we are better as Americans and that we should always strive for a world that respects others, regardless of difference," she said. "And to me this march, the idea of women from all walks of life coming together in solidarity and in support of a better, more just world is incredibly appealing."


Laura Noe

Noe, 50, will participate in the Women's March on Washington, the first she has ever gone to, because she believes the country must re-think its values. Americans are becoming insulated and isolated, mean and judgmental and are losing the ability to empathize with others, she said. "It becomes an us and them, black and white, win lose," she said. After her divorce, she sold her home so that she and her son could travel and see first-hand how other people lived. "We're all about our stuff, buying and buying, consuming and gobbling up," she said. "I decided I wanted to spend my time and money on experiences." Noe, who owns a marketing and communications company in Branford, Connecticut, wrote about their trips to France, the Czech Republic, Morocco and Turkey in "Travels With My Son: Journeys of the Heart." She is now writing about her brother, Ed, who became homeless, was diagnosed with mental illness and after many years is getting treatment. They celebrated Thanksgiving together for the first time in 17 years.


Chloe Wagner, Morenike Fabiyi

Wagner and Fabiyi, both 16 and juniors at Francis W. Parker High School in Chicago, worked with the Illinois chapter of the Women's March on Washington and Chicago Women Take Action to put together a group of teenagers from their school to attend the march. They call their organization the Illinois Youth Chapter. Wagner is particularly concerned with LGBTQ rights and reproductive rights; Fabiyi is focused on immigration rights and education reform. Wagner said that after Trump's win, she at first felt powerless. "There wasn't anything happening for a few days and then all of a sudden we just came back full force and that's when we really starting getting passionate about bringing Illinois Youth to Washington," she said. Fabiyi said that she also felt lost but quickly realized that she needed to do something. "I can't just be mad and sad and complain about it all the time," she said. Wagner said one of the goals of the march was to tell the Trump administration that "we will not be walked over, and we will fight for all rights we are given under the Constitution." Said Fabiyi, "Just because I can't vote yet doesn't mean that my voice shouldn't be heard."


Alexandra Goutnova

Goutnova, 15 and a student at La Jolla Country Day School in California, will be attending both the inauguration and the Women's March on Washington though she does not support President-elect Donald Trump. "I'm very passionate about women's rights," she said. Goutnova, who moved to the United States from Russia three years ago and who plans to attend law school, is bothered by comments Trump has made about women and by his denial of climate change. "It is a proven scientific fact that this is happening and this is happening right now," she said. "So the fact that our president is not willing to deal with it I think is absurd." Americans compared to Russians are more accepting, about LGBTQ rights, for example, she said. She said she is terrified that the United States will change. "Coming from Russia, I've seen the difference of how it can be in a bad way," she said. "And I'm just scared to see that happen to the U.S."



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<![CDATA[Brother Wants Justice for Paradise Hills Hit-and-Run Victim]]> Fri, 20 Jan 2017 08:28:44 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/CLIP-PARADISE_HILLS_HIT_AND_RUN_video_1200x675_858677315523.jpg

A Paradise Hills man is asking for the public's help to find the person suspected of hitting and killing his brother Thursday morning.

The suspect vehicle involved in the deadly crash was recovered but police are still looking for the person behind the wheel at the time.

San Diego Police (SDPD) said the collision happened around 7 a.m. in the 5900 block of Albemarle Street.

Jose Padron, 49, was getting am umbrella out of his car when a hit-and-run suspect traveling eastbound on Albemarle Street lost control and crossed over a center median. The driver sideswiped a parked car, then struck the victim's parked car and the victim.

Police said Padron was carried 30 to 40 feet down the road on top of the suspect's vehicle before rolling off of the hood.

Thursday night, NBC 7 spoke to the victim's brother, Oscar Padron who said the father of a young son and husband was a kind soul, deeply devoted to family.

Oscar Padron told NBC 7, Padron had been retrieving the umbrella so that his wife wouldn't have to walk to her car in the rain.

"It's still shocking, like a dream. It happened, we have to cope with it right now,” Padron said.

He said he owned an auto shop with his brother and also lived with him, adding that he was there when his brother was killed.

"When he was hit, I ran out there. I said my last good-byes to him. I hugged him. I kissed him,” he said.

The driver stopped for only a few seconds after the class and then fled. 

Neighbors told NBC 7, the incident has them outraged.

"It's like so surreal, like something you would see in a movie. Like who doesn't stop after they hit someone,” family friend Lauren Marcial said.

Neighter question how distracted the driver was that he crossed the center line and hit Padron.

“What was he doing on the other side of the road? Drunk? Drugs? Texting?, family friend Carol Feinberg said.

The video of the suspect car was captured on a neighbor's security camera a couple hundred yards from the collision occurred.

“Right now the best thing to do is turn yourself in," said Oscar Padron. "And the main question is, why? And why was he on the other side of the road."

The Padron family said they want answers, and the person responsible to be brought to justice.

Neighbors could not identify the driver, but said they believe the suspect lives somewhere in the Paradise Hills Neighborhood.

An online fundraiser was started to help Padron's family.

Crime Stoppers is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.

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<![CDATA[Conway Dons 'Trump Revolutionary Wear' for Inauguration]]> Fri, 20 Jan 2017 20:58:19 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/trumprevolutionarywear.jpg

Donald Trump senior adviser Kellyanne Conway sported a "Trump revolutionary wear" outfit for the inauguration ceremony on Friday, she told NBC. 

"It's just Gucci," an elated Conway told NBC about the red, white and blue outfit prior to the ceremony Friday morning. 

"It's revolutionary wear!" the former Trump campaign manager then said. "Trump revolutionary wear!" 

Conway then danced and playfully saluted after explaining her outfit. 

Conway's style drew some ribbing on Twitter, with users pointing out how colonial the outfit looks. 

"@KellyannePolls goes 4 #revolutionary look at the #Inauguration Auditioning 4 @Hamiltonthemusical? #nutcracker?" wrote Karyn Miller-Medzon. 



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<![CDATA[217 Arrested as Police, Protesters Clash in DC]]> Fri, 20 Jan 2017 17:06:01 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/20170120+Limo+Fire.jpg

Demonstrations turned violent in the nation's capital as protesters clashed with police, damaged vehicles, destroyed property and set small fires in a chaotic confrontation blocks from Donald Trump's inauguration Friday. At least 217 people were arrested.

The majority of the day's protests were peaceful, but police clad in riot gear faced off against hundreds of demonstrators downtown near 12th and K streets, about six blocks from where Trump would soon hold his inaugural parade, D.C. police said.

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Police charged with batons, pepper spray and concussion grenades to disperse crowds. MPD Interim Police Chief Peter Newsham denied claims his agency used tear gas on demonstrators, telling NBC Washington, "We have not deployed tear gas."

The 217 people arrested have been charged with rioting, Newsham said.

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Later in the evening, a crowd surrounded a bonfire near 14th and K streets NW, burning newspapers and furniture. Some protesters sat in the middle of intersections to block traffic.

"We're here to protest out of compassion and to be here and to show that, you know, we're all in this together," protester Savannah Ingall told News4.

President Trump supporters and protesters screamed when they came face-to-face along 14th St.

Protests eventually died down and there appeared to be no incidents involving protesters outside of the three inaugural balls.

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Before nightfall, a limousine was set on fire a few blocks away from where Trump made his way down Constitution Avenue with a military escort. The fire sent a plume of black smoke into the sky and Fox News crew SUV parked behind the limo also caught fire, officials tell NBC News.

While several peaceful demonstrations unfolded near the Captiol, about a mile away police gave chase to a group of about 300 protesters, who smashed windows of downtown businesses during a pre-inauguration march.

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Police dressed in riot gear used pepper spray to quell the disturbance and eventually cordoned off the large crowd near Franklin Square. As protesters fled the scene, six officers suffered "minor injuries" in what Newsham called "coordinated attacks."

Several hours later, the crowd of protesters still at the scene had grown to about 1,000, The Associated Press reported. Some wore gas masks, and had arms chained together.

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During the height of the clash, some in the crowd threw newspaper boxes in an attempt to block police and smashed windows of cars, police cruisers and businesses in the area, including along K Street NW. 

As officers tried to surround them, protesters hurled rocks and bottles at them. Flash-bang devices could be heard exploding, but it was not immediately clear whether protesters or officers had set them off.

By about 11:30 a.m., police had successfully surrounded about 20 to 30 protesters at the corner of 12th and L streets NW. Police brought in several transport vans and appeared to be preparing to make the first mass arrests of the day.

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D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser condemned the vandalism, saying at a news conference, "We will not tolerate the destruction of our neighborhoods and we absolutely will not tolerate violence against our police officers and the thousands who have joined us to help with the peaceful inauguration."

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In a series of coordinated demonstrations designed to cut off spectator access, protesters blocked or caused bottlenecks in front of several security checkpoints outside the National Mall in the hours ahead of the swearing in.

Dozens of protesters lined up at the entrance to a seating area on the West Front of the Capitol, holding signs that said "Free Palestine" and "Let Freedom ring." 

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Some protesters wore orange jumpsuits with black hoods over their faces, showing their disapproval of the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay.

Another group of about 10 protesters tied themselves together to block an entrance for ticket holders at 10th and E streets NW. As they sat on the ground, a larger group cheered them on, chanting phrases such as, "We won't be silent." 

Eventually, police used pepper spray after things got physical between protesters and supporters. News4's Mark Segraves said "you can taste the pepper spray in the air."

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Ticket holders were allowed to make their way through the gate despite the protests. On the other side of the Capitol, things were quiet and orderly at a second gate.

No arrests were made in those incidents, Segraves reported.

Meanwhile, at Union Station, supporters and protesters arriving in the District were able to find some common ground.  

Linwood Yarborough, a Trump supporter from South Carolina, spent some time Friday chatting with a man who traveled from California to protest the inauguration. 

"I just think it is wonderful to see people pro and con. Freedom is great and we are so fortunate in this country that we can have freedom of speech and we can have a difference of opinion," Yarborough said. "But we should all come together as a nation and move forward, and I hope to see some of that." 

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In another exchange, a group of Trump supporters from Tennessee asked a protester from New York to take a picture with them. The group laughed and talked as the supporters gave a thumbs-up and the protester gave a thumbs-down. 

Officials estimate that 800,000 to 900,000 people will attend Inauguration Day festivities, a celebration that takes over the city, closing roads and taxing the city's Metro transit system.

The ceremony began at about 11:30 a.m. ET with a musical prelude.

Just after noon, Trump took the oath of office, administered by Chief Justice John Roberts. Trump then delivered his inaugural address, calling for an "new vision" of "America first."

Stay with NBC Washington for more.

Daniel Barnes contributed to this report.



Photo Credit: Aimee Cho
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